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Europe banks prepare for new ECB tests 
By Laura Noonan | April 16, 2014 12:12 AM
The tens of billions of euros that eurozone banks set aside for loan losses in their latest annual accounts may have substantially reduced the chance of institutions failing ECB stress tests in the next few months.
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Draghi warns stronger euro to trigger more ECB stimulus 
By Stefan Riecher, Simon Kennedy | April 14, 2014 12:21 AM
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said a further appreciation of the euro would trigger more monetary stimulus in his strongest warning yet about the region’s rising currency.
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IMF: U.S. driving global growth amid Brazil, Russia weakness 
By Sandrine Rastello | April 09, 2014 12:17 AM
Stronger U.S. growth this year and next will help the world economy withstand weaker recoveries in emerging markets including Brazil and Russia, the International Monetary Fund said.
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Lagarde says U.S. job numbers not at potential 
By Sandrine Rastello | April 07, 2014 12:19 AM
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said job creation in the U.S. is “not at potential,” as regulatory and policy uncertainties deter some companies from hiring.
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Forget inflation or deflation, the threat to Europe is ‘lowflation’ 
By Simon Kennedy | April 02, 2014 12:16 AM
For all the fears of Japan-style deflation, a more likely threat for Europe is what International Monetary Fund officials are calling “lowflation.”
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ECB on defensive over unchanging rates 
By Simon Morgan | March 17, 2014 12:12 AM
The European Central Bank appears to be increasingly on the defensive, stepping up efforts this week to counter criticism of complacency after it held interest rates steady again this month.
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New Cypriot central bank chief seen easing rift 
By Georgios Georgiou, Paul Tugwell | March 12, 2014 12:11 AM
The appointment of Chrystalla Georghadji to replace Cyprus’ outgoing central bank chief Panicos Demetriades will help heal a rift between the central lender and the government, a former governor at the institution said.
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Cyprus appoints woman as new central banker 
March 11, 2014 04:59 PM
Cyprus appoints a woman known to be a tough campaigner against government waste and corruption as new central bank governor after current chief Panicos Demetriades unexpectedly quit.
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ECB readies back door step to loosen lending policy 
By Paul Carrel | March 04, 2014 12:14 AM
The European Central Bank is poised to take action to loosen lending conditions and drag inflation out of a “danger zone” that threatens to stagnate the eurozone’s fragile recovery.
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Italy and France to lag Germany in eurozone recovery 
February 26, 2014 12:22 AM
Germany is set to accelerate away from France and Italy in 2014 as the fragmented eurozone economy gradually recovers from its worst crisis, the European Commission said Tuesday.
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Germany and France nudge up eurozone growth 
By Martin Santa | February 15, 2014 12:24 AM
Slightly stronger-than-expected growth in Germany and France pushed the eurozone’s recovery up a gear in the fourth quarter and offered potential for a more robust 2014, albeit with risks.
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ECB’s ‘whatever it takes’ questioned by top German court 
By Karin Matussek | February 08, 2014 12:18 AM
The European Central Bank’s bond-buying plan will be reviewed by the European Union’s highest court as German judges temporarily put aside their doubts about the program credited with quelling the region’s debt crisis.
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Rehn: Very low inflation makes eurozone rebalancing harder 
By Paul Taylor | January 25, 2014 12:18 AM
Prolonged low inflation in the eurozone would make the necessary economic rebalancing of the 18-nation currency area harder to achieve, EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said Friday.
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Davos dilemma: How to help, not harm, world’s fragile recovery 
By Paul Carrel | January 22, 2014 12:14 AM
On the face of it, a combination of record low interest rates, ample liquidity and faster economic growth should sustain the world’s recovery from financial crisis this year.
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Bonds jump, stocks muted after U.S. jobs data 
January 11, 2014 12:18 AM
U.S. bond prices jumped and global equity markets pared gains Friday, after a surprisingly weak month for jobs growth in the United States that was somewhat affected by bad weather.
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ECB toughens talk, holds off fresh action 
By Eva Taylor, Sakari Suoninen | January 10, 2014 12:25 AM
The European Central Bank Thursday forcefully underlined its determination to take action should eurozone inflation risk turning into deflation or rising money market rates threaten the bloc’s fragile recovery.
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Eurozone unemployment holds at record high 
By Martin Santa | January 09, 2014 12:21 AM
Eurozone retail sales leapt in November even though unemployment remained at a record high, hinting at a pickup in consumer demand that would ease deflation worries and relieve pressure on the ECB to loosen policy.
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Drop in eurozone inflation to all-time low puts pressure on ECB 
By Pan Pylas | January 08, 2014 12:31 AM
The pressure on the European Central Bank to ease monetary policy further in coming months ratcheted up Tuesday after figures showed underlying inflation in the eurozone fell to a record low.


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